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Bell's Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Black Note StoutBell's Black Note Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

Added by mcallister on 06-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#67
Reviews:
722
Ratings:
4,564
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,702
Gots:
1,298
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Photo of chris826
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of curtis6290
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/5/17, enjoyed on 12/14/17, vigorous pour into a tall snifter.
L: Very nice foam head of caramel and smoked colors. It faded pretty quickly, but very nice and frothy.
S: Very fruity and acidic, and gets more pleasant as it opens up.
T: Dark chocolate, cherry, peach, plum, coffee.
F: Very acidic compared to other stouts, but in a nice way. Very smooth and juicy, almost like drinking tart cherry juice.
O: Very solid mainstream stout. I will be seeking out more of this to cellar.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ER527
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour black with a small beige head with choppy lacing. Some cherry and date smells hide behind a heavy whiff of booze. Taste is burnt malt and chocolate and espresso and almond butter, and warming booze.

Creamy smooth with a sweet taste that lingers

imperial stout that teeters on the edge of a desert brew. Need to put aside some of the holiday spending for this seasonal brew

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Photo of csnyder83
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dazedman
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adidaswp
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sturgeon83
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jdkas2991
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RebornStussy
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with less than a finger of off-white head. Head retention is okay with no lacing. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, caramel, chocolate, and toasted and roasted malts. It's all wrapped up in a well balanced package. Flavor profile follows suit, with bourbon throughout a display of caramel, molasses, toffee, and dark chocolate. It masks every bit of its 11% ABV, and displays robust notes of bourbon without ever coming off as boozy. Lovely balance and complexity, and yet retrains a refreshing simplicity compared with other adjunct and flavor added stouts. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a smooth, creamy, velvety texture. Feel is something more akin to a glass of bourbon with roasted malts as opposed to a chewy, heavy malt dinner. Overall, this beer packs a presence, but doesn't have a mind-blowing complexity, instead it's a wonderfully balanced, straight forward bourbon stout - and a great one at that.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle. 2016 vintage consumed in late 2017.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Passed on this last year so glad they brought it back again this year. Price tag stings at $6.75 a single but when you want a beer you got to have it. Into a tulip glass.

As expected it pours a very thick oily pitch black beer with a 1/4 inch of mocha head. Smell is surprisingly boozy as expected for a 2017 bottle with some espresso and burnt sugars with a touch of dark chocolate. Has a bit of a bourbon bite with an excellent espresso chocolate twang like dusted cocoa powder good! Body fades with some hoppy bitterness and some molasses sweetness. Good stuff! Body is again sublime like smooth and silky with just a touch of warming on an empty stomach.

Overall very impressed fresh expedition can be quite bitter and ashy but mixed and placed in a barrel it turns into something special. I do not regret my purchase!

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4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_Schroeder
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I tried this, I said that an angel had cried into a barrel and now I’m tasting it. Absolutely amazing stout.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip, 2017 edition.

L: Black inky pour with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Falls quickly with a thin rim of lacing.

S: Rich... boozy and sweet... cocoa, vanilla, and char.

T/F: Follows the nose... burned sugars, bourbon and vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso. Smooth and creamy... big time barrel flavor. Boozy and warming. Dark fruits make it in there... subtle but present.

O: Just a superb barrel aged stout. Great flavor, great barrel character... boozy and well-rounded and delicious. Have a few left in the cellar and looking forward to seeing what some time does to them.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 was perfect wouldn't of changed anything.
2017 is slightly off from that. Can't figure out why.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SiepJones
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tazzman
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, about one month old

jet black, thin tan head that fades to a ring round the glass. not really any lacing. aroma is strong bourbon and some chocolate. vanilla, oak are in the taste as well - it's heavy on the bourbon and boozy flavors. medium bodied, could be thicker. overall a bit underwhelmed based on it's reputation. I'll let a couple bottles age a bit.

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